Legislative: Mélenchon wants to be elected “Prime Minister”, the PS reaches out to LFI

Published on: 04/20/2022 – 03:49 The leader of La France insoumise (LFI) Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who came third in the first round of the presidential election, calls on voters to impose cohabitation on the future winner of the presidential election, with which he excludes any “negotiation”. For its part, the National Council of the Socialist Party adopted a resolution on Tuesday evening proposing to discuss with all the forces of the left, including LFI. Slightly defeated in the first, he wants a “third round”: the third man in the presidential Jean-Luc Mélenchon asked Tuesday April 19 the French to elect him “Prime Minister” in the legislative elections of June, that they choose Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen on Sunday. The leader of the Insoumis had been combative on the evening of the first round, when he had collected 21.95% of the votes, placing himself largely in the lead on the left but failing to some 400,000 votes in the second turn, behind the candidate of the National Rally. But he seemed to hand over to his troops, dropping at the end of the speech: “Do better” in the presidential election of 2027, for which he promised not to be a candidate. Still no clear instructionTuesday evening, after having spent part of the day discussing with his lieutenants in an inter-parliamentary group meeting, he rather projected himself towards a very immediate fight, the legislative elections of June 12 and 19. “I ask the French to elect me Premier mini stre” by voting for a “majority of Insoumis” and “members of the Popular Union” in these elections, he declared on BFMTV, in his first public statement since April 10. Jean-Luc Mélenchon aims therefore to impose cohabitation on the future winner of the presidential election, with which he excludes any “negotiation”. And this, whether it’s Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen. with its “harmony” program. But “the question of who is president at that time” of cohabitation does not count in his eyes, because “it is the Prime Minister who signs the decrees”, he said, adding that he wanted to apply his program . Difficult operation The executives of La France insoumise exulted on social networks. “Mélenchon at Matignon”, exclaimed his deputy friend Alexis Corbière. “Another world is always possible”, hoped the deputy Caroline Fiat. The operation promises to be difficult, but the rebellious strategists estimated in recent days, like the campaign director Manuel Bompard, that the “legislative would be more important than usual because the president will be the most poorly elected of the Fifth Republic”. The fault of a high potential abstention. To succeed in mobilizing in legislative elections traditionally less popular with voters, the Insoumis hope to give the image of an enlarged “People’s Union”. To this end, they have called EELV, the PCF and the NPA to rally behind them and their program, proposing that the allocation of constituencies be applied to the proportional results of the first round. A major turning point at the PSJulien Bayou, the leader of the Greens, replied that he hoped for more. But he also said on Tuesday that he expected negotiations to be completed by the end of next week. Another EELV executive even deemed it “achievable”, in front of journalists, that there would be an agreement “by the end of the week to give hope” to left-wing voters, who will vote reluctantly on Sunday. in the second round. On Tuesday evening, the National Council of the Socialist Party (PS), a kind of party parliament, adopted a resolution proposing to discuss with all the left-wing forces, including LFI. This is a major turning point for the PS in its strategy to consider an agreement with the party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, said a participant, even if for the moment, LFI has indicated that it does not want to discuss with the PS.With AFP